Closure of class in the first positive case: “If it is necessary to go through this, it is a necessary measure” (Stéphane Crochet, Unsa)

The return to school may once again be upset next Monday. In the slightest positive case for Covid-19, the class will have to close, announces the government. “Unot necessary “, supports the Unsa teachers’ union.

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At the start of the school year on April 26, in all schools, from the first case of Covid-19 detected, the class of the student in question will have to automatically close, franceinfo learned on Wednesday April 21. “We have always said that if we had to close occasionally, in places, for a week or two, to be able to maintain schooling, if we had to go through that, it was a necessary measure”, said a few hours later on franceinfo Stéphane Crochet, the general secretary of the teachers’ union Unsa. “The issue is not to return to a total closure.”

The epidemic situation is still “very high”, recalls Stéphane Crochet. “We still have ten weeks to go to school before the summer holidays. And so we think that we must first remain with the greatest precautions so as not to relive what we have lived through. March.”

Without claiming “epidemiologist”, Stéphane Crochet shares the teachers’ observation during the class closures decided a few weeks ago. “Before moving to the one-case closure rule, we were on the three-case closure.” In a number of departments, the situation “was becoming unmanageable, extremely tense, with a surge of the epidemic”. To hold out until the summer vacation, “if precautionary measures allow it, then they are welcome”.

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Regarding the half-gauge recommended in schools to cope with the circulation of the virus, Stéphane Crochet specifies that teachers have it “much worn at college, especially for all collective times and times of restoration”. He affirms that “it is absolutely important and it can be modulated according to the age of the children and their autonomy in the time when they work alone”. But the installation of these half-gauges in the primary, poses according to him “many other complications”. It requires “to link them with the childcare of personnel essential to the management of the crisis, and this also puts a lot of tension with the families”. The representative of Unsa believes that at school, if classes can “working with all students in peace is preferable”.

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